Mar 21, 2018
MIT Enterprise Institute, Town Hall Seattle, and Seattle University present
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A.I. and Automation in the Workforce of Tomorrow
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:30PM
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University (Capitol Hill)

Machines and equipment are already making inroads into the labor market. These changes have been brought on by the drive for companies to be more efficient. Undoubtedly, these forces will continue and will reshape the frontier to determine what is possible for automated machines to manage in the workforce of the 21st century. Join this installment of the MIT Enterprise Forum, featuring experts in automation technology, software engineering, and human-centered design practices as they explore these dynamics and how they will shape our work day. How will we interact? What can be done to set clear boundaries? What is best for our society as a whole?

Speakers for the evening include:

Rob Girling is the CEO of Artefact Group, a Seattle Design and Innovation Consultancy that specializes in Human-Centered Design and Ideation. Under Rob’s guidance, Artefect is marching towards its stated goal to create a world we all want to live in. Today and tomorrow. The firm’s scope is far-reaching, having worked with VICIS (link is external) to design a new helmet for the NFL to improve safety. The firm has also turned its meticulous eye towards homelessness in Seattle, Scholarship initiatives for Mastercard, and copious research and practices within the world of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality.

Dan Liebling is the Staff Software Engineer at Google’s Research where he helps humans and machines work together to achieve extraordinary things by leveraging software engineers, AI, and HCI. Prior to this work at Google, Dan was a Principal Research Software Engineer at Microsoft Research (MSR) where he focused on machine learning and the future of work. A civic tech advocate and part-time guest lecturer, Dan believes that governments and NGOs have been left behind in the “AI revolution.” He works on a variety of civic tech side projects aimed at bringing intelligence and participation into local government. Dan holds a B.S. in Computational Neuroscience from California Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Computational Engineering from the University of Washington.

Aaron Reich is the Senior Director of Innovation at Avanade Innovation Labs emerging technology practice. Avanade looks to understand current trends, partner with other companies and startups, and bring point of views to our business executives and clients. Avanade Innovation Labs’ current focus is on Artificial Intelligence (automation, machine learning, bots, voice, cognitive), blockchain, immersive technology (virtual/augmented/mixed reality), API Management, and Digital Ethics.

Caleb Weaver is the PNW Head of Public Affairs for Uber. Uber is leading the charge in many automation projects. Additionally, Caleb speaks regularly on the many social implications of AI/automation that we are already seeing in the marketplace. Most importantly, Caleb has cultivated a perspective on where these social implications will evolve over the next few decades.

Presented by MIT Enterprise Institute, Town Hall Seattle, and Seattle University as part of the Science series.

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